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CBS
Mar 19, 2011 8:30am PDT
has now declared a 30-day state of emergency. >>> japan has raised the threat level of its damaged nuclear plants. it's now at level 05, which means there are consequences beyond the immediate and local area. today, japanese officials say they have found some level of radiation in spinach and milk that exceeds government safety limits. that food was taken from farms as far as 65 miles from the reactors. >>> crews are working round the clock, meantime, at the fukushima nuclear power plant, trying to prevent further meltdowns. their goal is to restore electricity to the plant's automatic cooling system, possibly as soon as tomorrow. for now, fire trucks continue to spray water on storage pools that have overheated. meantime, people living near the nuclear plant have found refuge 30 miles from the plant. many of them had no time to take any of their possessions. >> i thought i was going to die. i wish i had taken more photo albums, she said. >> there are 500 people in the shelter. they say they don't know when they will be able to go home, if there is even a return to home to. the dea
CBS
Mar 26, 2011 9:00am PDT
japan, crews of the crippled nuclear power plant are rushing to inject reactors with freshwater rather than the sea water they have been using. that is because of corrosion concerns now with the salty sea water. meanwhile, high ride yags levels in the ocean near the plants might be from water leaking from a breached reactor. the government found the problem after two workers apparently burned their feet outside of the reactor. they stepped in water with radiation levels 10,000 times higher than normal. >> this creates the possibility of a much larger release of radiation into the environment than we have seen to date. >> following that discovery, the government expanded the voluntary evacuation zone around the plant from 12 miles. right now it is at 19 miles. >>> back at home, hazmat teams in oakland have been checking deliveries from asia for radiation. they say they have not detected any. but last night there was some concern. coastguard screened cargo on a ship from korea. workers didn't get a report, so they then asked firefighters to screen it again. both the coastguard and firefi
CBS
Mar 11, 2011 1:35am PST
news in high definition. >>> and we begin with breaking news out of japan. good evening, i'm dana king. >> a massive earthquake in japan. magnitude 8.8. those are live pictures of the tsunami that is rolling through cities and neighborhoods right now as it's happening. >> you can see in this water, there are buildings, there are rooftops, boats, vehicles, it's incredibly deep at this point. this quake struck just less than 90 minutes ago off the north eastern coast of japan. >> we've had seismograph, a tsunami watch is in effect. a tsunami watch is not as severe as a tsunami warning. we want to go to robert lyles who is monitoring the coverage. these are amazing pictures half way around the world. we are getting them live. entire cities are being inundated by water. >> you are watching tsunami waves. they swept into the city, where it is already 4:00 in the afternoon. now television cameras were rolling as those waves swept in from what is now an 8.8 magnitude quake. these waves cars, trucks, houses, even buildings. we stay live with these images. let me offer you background informatio
CBS
Mar 14, 2011 12:00pm PDT
, i'm frank mallicoat. the shear magnitude of the catastrophe in japan is staggering. and the numbers are barely beginning to tell the story. the official death toll now stands at about 2800 from friday's earthquake and tsunami. 2,000 bodies washed up on shore today alone but one police chief estimates more than 10,000 have died in his province alone. meanwhile, there is more bad news from one of japan's damaged nuclear power plant, and randall pinkston reports, a third cooling system at the fukushima plant has failed. >> reporter: a second explosion at the crippled nuclear power plant in japan sent a huge column of smoke in the sky and all three reactors are in jeopardy of total meltdown. more than 120,000 people have been evacuated from a 12-mile area and many outside that zone are also leaving. >> we would like to be further away from the plant. >> reporter: in the hard-hit city here, government troops are picking through mountains of rubble searching for survivors. thousands are missing and feared dead. across the shattered northeast coast, millions are struggling for survival aft
CBS
Mar 15, 2011 12:00pm PDT
kohara. >> hi, everybody. i'm frank mallicoat. the nuclear and humanitarian crisis in japan escalating by the day. >> the death toll is now estimated at 10,000, following that devastating earthquake and tsunami. millions of homeless residents are struggling for survival, and now a growing nuclear threat. randall pinkston on how the government is scrambling to prevent a disaster. >> reporter: more than 140,000 people who live near the fukushima power plant in northern japan are ordered to seal themselves indoors. government officials say dangerous levels of radiation are leaking after explosion at three of the plant's reactors and a fire at a fourth. the prime minister pleaded for calm but warned there is a high risk of further leakage. about 50 workers are desperately trying to prevent a complete meltdown. the united nations is monitoring the weather over the damaged plant. officials say the winds have been dispersing radioactive material over the pacific ocean but cbs news has learned, the winds may have shifted south back over land. u.s. helicopter crews returning from eli
CBS
Mar 11, 2011 12:00pm PST
earthquake, 8.9 magnitude hits japan. boats tossed around in the santa cruz harbor many smashing into one another. >> up and down the coast, the tsunami warning prompted voluntary evacuation as people tried to escape low-lying areas, a massive backup on highway 92. >> and back in japan, devastation as the 23-foot tsunami slammed the coast, buildings cars, boats, just washed away in the powerful wave. police reported finding hundreds of bodies as the waves receded, hundreds more still missing. it's been a very, very hectic day. good afternoon, everybody. i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm elizabeth wenger. sydnie does have the day off. >> we have team coverage of the disaster in japan including the pacific tsunami impact along our california coast. >> that's right. let's start with len ramirez who is live in santa cruz where we have seen the worst of the damage and this is a sad day for some boat owners. >> reporter: absolutely. a very sad day, a very scary day for everyone here in santa cruz right now as a coast guard helicopter passes right overhead. basically the situation is deteriorating her
CBS
Mar 13, 2011 11:00pm PDT
commute. >> i'm ann notarangelo. good evening. the nuclear crisis in japan has just gotten worse. in the past few hours a second explosion has occurred inside one of the plants crippled by the tsunami and earthquake. six people were injured. the containment vessel is reportedly in tact. not known if any additional radiation has been released. some reports feeling the explosion some 25 miles away. linda yee has the latest on the nuclear crisis. >> reporter: another hydrogen explosion rocked the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant following yesterday's hydrogen plant blast in unit 1. it is broken into two sections. four faulty reactors at one and three faulty reactors out of six at the other. one exploded. experts feared pressure building up and now unit 3 has blown. more than 180,000 people have been evacuated from the area. up to 150 may have been exposed to radiation. officials are trying to reassure people saying the radiation is not life threatening. >> we were flightenned but the radiation turned out to be nothing to worry about. >> reporter: not everyone believes this and the
CBS
Mar 16, 2011 5:00am PDT
radiation at the plant. we'll have a live update from charlie d'agata in japan in a couple of minutes. >>> you might be surprised where the biggest threat from a tsunami is here in the bay area. christin ayers is in oakland, where a big wave could mean some very big problems. >>> reporter: good morning. scientists tell the "contra costa times" that the biggest tsunami threat could come if there was a massive earthquake 9.0 or larger in southern alaska sending a huge wave that could flood the port of oakland in four or five hours. if we look at the maps that scientists have developed here, it shows you just why oakland and alameda are most susceptible to that kind of flooding. they are geographically situated at the end of the golden gate strait and could bear the brunt of a big wave like that. they say up to 165 structures in that area would be threatened. now, of course, we saw some of the devastating effects that a relatively minor tsunami had on santa cruz harbor. experts tell the "contra costa times" that area would actually be spared and really any other areas south of santa clar
CBS
Mar 11, 2011 5:00am PST
devastated the coast especially in northeastern japan. now the waves are crossing the pacific with a tsunami warning posted for our coast this morning 8:00 here in the bay area, crescent city around 7:30. waves could start hitting the bay area as early as 7:00. so time to watch. >> let's go to gianna franco who is monitoring the roads including the great highway closure that we just told you about. >> good morning. of course, we are keeping a close eye on all the coastal areas. they have issued a closure as a precaution for the great highway. it is shut down between lincoln and sloat. so avoid that area if you can. they are saying it's going to be closed for most of the morning probably into the midday hours, as well. so then great highway is shut down between lincoln and sloat. also we are keeping a close eye on the pacifica area, highway 1. linda mar boulevard, crespie for folks who are told to evacuate in that area. right now i just spoke to someone in pacifica and seems like things are okay. there are a lot more people on the roads obviously. but no problems to report right now
CBS
Mar 15, 2011 5:00am PDT
being told to stay indoors and wear masks. >> reporter: scouring the rubble in japan, the recovery of bodies continues. the death toll climbs. and the threat of more danger looms. the fukushima dai-ichi power plant is unstable with another explosion and fire tuesday, leading to unhealthy levels of increased radiation, which later decreased. >> we need now for everybody to move out of the 20-kilometer radius from the number one plant. we would like to ask you to remain indoors at home or in your offices. >> reporter: and a 30-kilometer radius no-fly zone is now in effect over the plant. some 800 workers evacuated. only 50 remain to carry out essential work. for survivors of the deadly quake and tsunami, raw emotion surfaced as reunions and search for loved ones continue. >> it feels like the end of the world. and i have seen the look on people's faces right after an experience like this, and they are just in deep, deep shock. >> reporter: this american english teacher in japan was finally able to communicate with his parents in the states. this is how he describes living in the afte
CBS
Mar 15, 2011 5:00pm PDT
high possibility of a landslide. >> the nuclear crisis in japan has touched off a scramble for potassium iodide in the bay area. the pills can prevent some radiation damage but there are mixed messages tonight on their usage. the u.s. surgeon general on a bay area tour suggested that it would be a good idea to stockpile the pills, quote, as a precaution. state officials say just the opposite. simon perez is live in berkeley, where the iodide pills and anything like them are in short supply. simon. >> reporter: elizabeth, certainly a lot of people here in the bay area worried about radioactive material coming from japan across the pacific to the united states. right now the experts say don't worry about it too much. but still, people are buying whatever they can to keep them safe. >> people are terrified. that's what i think, including myself. >> reporter: and that fear has led to this, empty shelves at pharmacies and grocery stores across the bay area of iodine- related products. >> all kinds of stores looking for it and can't find t other stores are calling us to see if we hav
CBS
Mar 15, 2011 11:00pm PDT
from japan ever did come across >>> you're watching cbs 5 eyewitness news in high definition. >>> if radiation from japan ever did blow across the ocean, we'd know about it. a look at the sophisticated detection system in the bay area. >> and a new look at the healing power of music. >> i play the drums for her and she said me name. i said my god, this is amazing. >> what music can do for alzheimer's and stroke patients that pill cannot. >> good everyoning, i'm ken. >> and i'm dana king. bay area pharmacies are inundated with a request for pill to fight radiation poisoning. we learned that new radiation monitoring may be installed here. we'll have more on that in a moment. >>> we start in japan, the real possibility of a nuclear meltdown. japanese are taking safety into their own hands. they are getting mixed messages from their own government. >> another crisis at the fukushima nuclear plant. a second fire. it lasted only a half hour, but signified japan's unpredictable nuclear troubles. plant workers had to step back after a spike in radiation levels. officials are concerne
CW
Mar 15, 2011 10:00pm PDT
lyon." >>> if radiation from japan begins blowing our way we will know as soon as it hits. the the bay area's first of detection and a few extra stations being added just in case. >>> cars, video games, microchips. now dinner. another chinese export on hold. how bay area restaurants are coping. >>> a law four months on the books and so far no enforcement just yet but officers are almost there. the preenforcement for the sit, lie ordinance. >>> and a new look at the healing power of music. >> i play the drums for her and she said my name. >> and i said my god, this is amaze. >> what music can do for alzheimer's and stroke patients that pills cannot. >>> good evening, i'm dana king. >> i'm ken bastida. a nuclear plant at risk of a meltdown now japan saying it is too dangerous for the workers to stay in hopes of helping prevent that disaster. >> this while some people in japan are taking safety into their own hands because as charlie d'agata reports, they are getting mixed signals from the government. >> reporter: another crisis at the fukushima nuclear plant. lasting only about half an h
CBS
Mar 18, 2011 5:00am PDT
. this morning, the japan prime minister is calling for help with rebuilding the company. charlie d'agata reports. >> reporter: moments ago the prime minister said the government is sharing all the information it has about the crisis at the nuclear power plant. people were evacuated from the region around the nuclear power plant and many feel they may never get back home. >>> reporter: fire trucks resumed blasting water onto japan's crippled nuclear power plant as crews raced to restore power to the facility. as early as today, they hoped to feed electricity to at least two of the six overheated reactors and get crucial water pumps working again. >> if the cooling systems in the reactors and fuel ponds are basically sound and then the power comes on, then we might look at that moment as the beginning of the end of this crisis. >> reporter: but even if the power starts back up, it's not clear the water pumps will. they may have already suffered too much damage. there are also fears that getting power back online could spark another explosion. smoke billowed again from one reactor t
CBS
Mar 14, 2011 6:00pm PDT
radiation in that area. same on perez tonight looks at whether it is possible the radiation from japan to make its way here to the bay area. simon? record record allen, experts say that is quite unlikely that it will get here to ocean beach and the rest of california. even if it did, experts say there is a system in place to detect it. >> the only thing i would be surprised is if we actually detected anything. i mean, i really don't think that's going to happen. >> reporter: katherine is a nuclear expert at oregon state university. she says the small amount of radioactive material released into the air in japan will drop into the pacific ocean before it reaches the coast. >> when you dissolve salt into water, what happens? while dilution is not the solution to pollution in this case, it is going to make it so you really can't measure it. are. >> reporter: for more than 25 years the california department of health has operated a system of sensors to detect radioactive material in the state's air, water and food. the sensors are placed along the coast from border to border. the state won
CW
Mar 17, 2011 10:00pm PDT
that earthquake hit japan. what still has to be done to get the warning. >> meanwhile fresh shipment of relief coming from california, what we're sending and how it's buying the japanese more time. >>> one of the world's best killed at mavericks, a look at the life and what may have caused his death. >>> and set to work nearly 7 years ago now finally on the job, the first of its kind spacecraft orbiting the planet mercury and how what it finds up there can help us down here. >>> good evening to all of you. >> i'm dana king. smoke has been rising from a building house. and it begs to question, is anything working to cool down and prevent disaster. that uncertainty has people confused and racing to get out of the country. charlie reports crews are one step away from ending the crisis. steady stream of electricity can be hope of cooling down reactors. >> reporter: officials say powerline to one of the reactors is ready. >> if the cooling system in the reactors and fuel pump are found and then the u proker comes on, then we might look at that moment as beginning of the end of this crisis
CBS
Mar 22, 2011 12:00pm PDT
crashed. mandy clark, cbs news, near benghazi. >>> damage control at that nuclear power plant in japan. the new danger and how american evacuees are getting back here to the bay area and getting help. >>> stuck in their homes. the rush to free dozens of south bay families trapped by a rockslide. make you beautiful. >>> eat your way young? the secret ingredients one chef claims can make you beautiful again. that and more coming up. >>> and scattered showers continue today, but more widespread rain is on the way. here's live look outside. i have your full forecast coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, danger. water in one reactor storage pool is reportedly near the boiling point. >>> in japan progress to prevent a nuclear meltdown but new danger, as well. water in one react storage pool is reportedly near the boiling point. now, if all the water boils way, exposed fuel rods could send more radiation into the atmosphere. right now, lights are back on at the damaged reactor and power lines are hooked up to all six reactors, but more work is needed before crews try to restart critical cooling systems
CBS
Mar 13, 2011 7:30am PDT
may have been killed in japan... new numbers this morning.... along with fears about nuclear >>> more than 10,000 people may have been killed in japan. new numbers this morning along with fears about nuclear reactors damaged in that quake. >>> a mess of a different scale in santa cruz county where folks are still assessing the damage. >>> investigators working on zeroing in on the cause of a deadly tour bus accident good morning sunday, 7:30 a.m. hope you set your clocks forward. i do hate the springing forward i am feeling it this morning. >> all right, we will have a busy morning we have a lot of news to cover. state senator mark leno coming in to talk about the latest budget negotiations will we in fact have a deal this week. we are going to look at your home state of wisconsin. >> a battle there. >> will it effect california in the months and years to come. first to the top of the news this morning. two days after the massive earthquake and tsunami in japan police estimate the death toll could top 10,000. nearly 740 people have still missing, survivors are struggling the
CBS
Mar 14, 2011 11:00pm PDT
. >>> you're watching cbs5 "eyewitness news" in high definition. >>> japan battles to contain radiation, but what about our nuclear reactors here in california, a look at our risk for a meltdown. >>> a gunman takes over a marin county bank. what he wanted and it wasn't money. >>> governor brown is turning to his pet core gee to help balance the state's 26 billion- dollar budget deficit. what the dog will do to raise some cash. good evening, i'm dana king. >> i'm ken bastida. >>> radiation is spewing from a nuclear power plant in japan and the prime minister is telling millions of people to stay inside, don't open any windows, don't even hang any laundry outside. >> tonight the stock markets all across asia have plunged. japan's unique adropped more than 12% in tuesday afternoon trading. the death toll from the quake has soared to 2400 people. the usgs now says last week's quake was 9.0, not 8.9, but for the moment all eyes are on a nuclear plant in northeastern japan, people who live within 20 miles of the fukushima reactor are being told to stay inside. now things out of japan are changing
CBS
Mar 13, 2011 5:30pm PDT
how tomorrow morning's commutes are affected. the tsunami is japan's worst crisis since -- the nuclear meltdown threats continue to grow. and new video emerges, showing the incredible power of the tsunami unleashed on a coastal neighborhood. good evening. a terrifying ride for dozens of bart riders. it cripples service at this hour hour. linda tells house how service is affected. >> reporter: take a look behind me. you see the two cars from that one train that did derail. to the left of those cars, there is a giant crane being used to try to move those cars off the track. it isn't a very quick process, and the repairs could last into night. >> a ten-car train heading to san francisco international airport just left the concord station. it's a slow speed derailment. passengers said it was a bumpy ride that got scary. >> it just started shaking back and forth, moving around. it felt like we were going over stuff. one of the ladies sitting next to me said, i don't think we should be move right now and that's when we all started panicking. >> reporter: there's significant track dam
CBS
Mar 17, 2011 6:00am PDT
>> i'm sydnie kohara. the u.s. sending airplanes to japan for americans who want to get out of the country. the fukushima nuclear complex in danger of a meltdown. let's go to charlie d'agata in japan. good morning, charlie. >> reporter: we are trying to make our way towards the quake zone. the japanese military has taken over control of the highways for humanitarian aid. we are going to try to get as close as we can. we're cutting through the mountains, you can see the snow, while trying to avoid at all costs getting near the nuclear power plant. >>> reporter: military helicopters launched an all-out water assault on japan's crippled nuclear power plant in a desperate attempt to buy more time. crews are racing to finish a new power line that could restore crucial water pumps, the best options many experts say to cool dangerously hot reactor and prevent a nuclear meltdown. >> we believe that radiation levels are extremely high which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures. >> reporter: the biggest worry is reactor 4. wednesday u.s. officials warned the unit no
CBS
Mar 17, 2011 11:00pm PDT
japan was hit with a massive quake. how close crews say they are to ending the potential nuclear crisis. >>> a surfing super star killed on the waves. the message his family left for him. >>> sent to work nearly seven years ago the first of its kind spacecraft orbiting mercury and what we could learn from the first spacecraft to ever orbit mercury. >> good evening i'm dana king. >> i'm ken bastida. smoke is being seen tonight rising from a building housing a damaged nuclear reactor in japan. and it begs the question is anything working to cool it down and prevent a disaster? >> now, that uncertainty has people confused and racing to get out of the country. charlie d'agata reports crews are won step away from ending the crisis. >> reporter: a steady stream of electricity could be the next best hope for cooling down reacors at the fukushima nuclear plant. japanese officials say the power line to one of the reactors is ready. >> if the cooling systems in the reactors and fuel ponds are basically sound then the power comes on, then we might look at that moment as the beginning of the ends o
CBS
Mar 13, 2011 6:30pm PDT
. >>> well, moving on to the crisis in japan tonight where estimates of the death toll from thursday's earthquake and tsunami has topped 10,000. there are conflicting government reports reports reports of a possible partial meltdown in side one of the reactor cores. hundreds of people have been checked for radiation exposure and over 100 people have tested positive. they say no radiation is likely to reach the u.s. this is stunning to watch. dramatic new images of friday's tsunami are still coming in. they're pushing into a narrow bay and black water flowing over a sea wall. everything in its pass is washed away. streets were turned into raging rivers and boats in the bay get caught in the flow when they're forced under an overpass. help from all over the world is pouring into japan this weekend. the u.s. military and the agency for international development have sent a variety of supplies and expert workers. two teams, one from los angeles and one from fairfax county, virginia. each has 75 members and six dogs trained to detect survivors . several other countries, including britain an
CBS
Mar 16, 2011 6:00am PDT
. >> thank you. it is 6:00. >>> right now, the crisis in japan quickly getting worse. there are reports that a second reactor at that damaged fukushima nuclear power plant may be leaking radiation now. there are also reports of another fire there, as well. >> now workers are getting ready to restart their efforts to prevent a total meltdown. the crews were forced out earlier today because of a surge in radioactivity for the plant. they were allowed to return to the plant a short time ago. a plan to have helicopters drop water to cool the plant was stopped because of high radiation. >>> the government taking actions as concerns grow that radiation could drift here to the west coast. u.s. environmental protection agency has announced it there deploy more electronic monitors that measure radiation in the air. however, the epa has not said where those monitors will be located or how many will be installed. right now, there are 12 monitors here in california, one of which is right here in san francisco. >>> you might be surprised where the biggest threat from a tsunami here is in the
CBS
Mar 22, 2011 5:00am PDT
the damaged nuclear power plant in japan. japanese nuclear safety officials say the pool for storing spent fuel is heating up and is near boiling. those high temperatures likely caused the steam that has been wafting out of reactor number 2. that's been going on since yesterday. the danger is that if all the water boils away the fuel rods will be exposed. crews at the plant have now hooked up power cables to all six reactors. electricity is crucial so the cooling pumps can start operating at the fukushima plant but right now a pump in only one reactor is working. >>> hundreds of american family members from japan are expected to arrive in northern california shortly. sharon chin is at travis air force base where the first flight is due in 45 minutes. more than 3500 military families and pets will be arriving here at the air force base on two flights, one to arrive at 5:45, the other 9 a.m. this morning. they voluntarily left japan and will be coming aboard military charter flights. travis is the second arrival site for the voluntary evacuation of military families from earthquake and
CBS
Mar 22, 2011 5:00pm PDT
, gone but the memories of japan's quake still fresh on their minds. >> everybody was falling over. it was that strong. and it was just -- it felt like the earth was changing, like the earth was ending. >> evacuated americans make it back home. what some saw right before they left. >> drivers off the hook. how one man's fight against red light cameras is saving a lot of people from getting tickets. >>> and singer chris brown loses his cool. the interview that caused him to flip out and smash a window. ,,,,,,,,,, all options" in response to the stepped up violence against >>> tonight the u.s. military is w it's considering all options in response -- is warning it's considering all options in response to violence in misurata, libya. this video reportedly shows an attack on civilians, not clear if anybody was hurt in the blast but meanwhile nato forces launched more air strikes on government and military targets today and also today, president obama said the four-day air assault will soon achieve the objectives of the no-fly zone. he also said the united states will hand off control of th
CBS
Mar 23, 2011 6:00pm PDT
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Mar 20, 2011 5:30pm PDT
those attacks today. ,,,,,,,,,,,, rubble of their collapsed house two >>> joyful news out of japan as two survivors from the quake were pulled from the rubble of their collapsed house today. but there are two major concerns tonight. more than a week after the earthquake and tsunami charlie gata reports the food supply is showing high levels of radiation and the nuclear plant is yet to be stabilized. >> reporter: fears about contamination from the crippled fukushima nuclear plant are growing after tests of spinach and milk showed elevated levels of radiation. >> the sample says feed, food products recorded radiation level that is over the limits. >> reporter: radioactive iodine was also found in tap water as far away as tokyo. some nuclear experts say the findings are not cause for worry just yet. >> the amount of radiation, even, that has been detected in the food so far in japan, while it's above normal safety limit, it poses no substantial health threat. >> reporter: workers keep spraying water on the most vulnerable areas of the fukushima plant. they are trying to restore power
CBS
Mar 17, 2011 1:35am PDT
japan say they are close to finishing a new power line that could restore cooling systems at that crippled plant. it is still dicey. charlie reports leaders worldwide say their biggest concerns is a lack of information >> reporter: buckets of water rain down. military helicopters douse the worst of the overheated reactors from above and water cannons are on their way. a group of employees work around the clock trying to cool the reactors, at the same time exposing themselves to possibly deadly doses of raidation. >> we believe levels extremely high which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measure. >> reporter: officials report some help is on the way in the form of a new power line too take over the job. officials are facing worldwide criticism. the head of the un nuclear agency complains he isn't getting the information he needs and plans to assess the situation in person thursday. the energy secretary admits he is baffled. >> conflicting reports and we don't really know in detail what's happening. >> reporter: the reports and worry are spreading fear in japan.
CBS
Mar 25, 2011 12:00pm PDT
. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, tsunami hit japan... dangerous new developments today. japanese o >>> two weeks after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit japan, dangerous new developments today. japanese officials say that there may be a breach in the containment vessel of that number three reactor at the damaged fukushima nuclear power plant and that contaminated water likely seeped from the reactor's core exposing three plant workers to 10,000 times the amount of radiation normal for that area. >> this creates the possibility of a much larger release of radiation into the environment than we have seen to date. >> japan's government is offering transportation and other assistance for those living between 20 and 30 kilometers from the plant. this comes as the death toll passes 10,000. more than 17,000 people are still missing. >>> barry bonds' perjury trial resumes on monday with his ex- mistress expected to take the stand. a chemist for the u.s. anti- doping agency told jurors yesterday that bonds has exited head and foot swelling -- exhibited head and foot swelling, consistent with using
CBS
Mar 28, 2011 11:00pm PDT
. >> reporter: don knapp, news 5. >>> in japan, the discovery of nuclear 6 contamination outside the plant is growing. they called the attempt to keep it inside deplorable. they are trying to pump out pools of radioactive water before they can restore electricity to the overheat reactors. they spoke with a physicist who says the u.s. can learn some lessons from the japanese crisis. >> you come to the conclusion that somebody like homer simpson is running a nuclear power station. >> reporter: it may sound funny but physicist michic subscription to prevention kaku has degrees to back up his saying. >> you see incompetence, low estimates. >> reporter: the doctor was a radio host and a author of the best selling book "physics of the future." >>ed and i think if we see a melt-down it's a melt-down of confidence. it is all coming out the fact they underestimated the importance of a tsunami. >> reporter: he says the lesson of japan is that the relationship between the government and the utility company that runs the planted is simply too cozy. >> i think there is enough blame to go around in the sen
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Mar 21, 2011 6:00am PDT
with a car smashing into a house. more evacuations today in japan. what forced workers to leave a crippled power plant. good morning. it's monday, march 21st. i'm frank mallicoat. and i'm sydnie kohara. time is 6-- let's start with a quick check of your weather and traffic. here's lawrence. four "new york times" journalists who were held in >>> good morning. let's get a check of your weather and traffic. >> reporter: we are seeing scattered showers out there right now. more rain for today. there's a stronger storm, a stronger series of storms on the way. we'll talk about that in a minute. let's check on traffic. >>> four new york journalistst held in libya have been released. the u.s. says it expects to turn control of the libyan military mission over to the french or the british in just a matter of days. this after several days of pounding by coalition forces in the air and on the sea. a top france official said it's likely to be a long one. we have a live report from washington on where the united states stand this morning, coming up. >>> more smoke seen at that damaged nuclear
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Mar 14, 2011 5:00pm PDT
devastated japan's coast. rescue crews continued to search through the wreckage. entire neighborhoods have been wiped out and in one town a ship was on top of a building. home owners trying to pick up the pieces aren't sure where to begin. >> i don't have money or anything. everything is broken. >> reporter: the united nations is helping to coordinate disaster relief. millions are without food and water and aid workers are having trouble getting through because of the damage. in oakland in a what,okinawa, marines helped people have to stand in line for help. in many towns with grocery stores the shelves are emptying out. in areas into your the nuclear power plants, authorities are checking radiation levels. many cities are without electricity because the reactors are offline, which means millions will have to spend another night in the cold. randall pinkston, cbs news, new york. >>> four days after that earthquake triggered the tsunami, some new video shows the moment it hit. amateur video shows this wall of water pushing into a narrow bay lifting these boats right over the seawall. t
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Mar 23, 2011 12:00pm PDT
problems, though, in japan this afternoon. the warning about radioactive water, who is most at risk at getting sick plus a troubling new setback at the country's crippled nuclear plant. >> all i wanted to do was make sure i could see him the first day he was born. >> it may be a lifeline for patients with brain cancer. the experimental new vaccine and how it works. ,, "know the species, know the stain." lanolin-free coat, i know it's an alpaca. walks in here, looks says "hey look, it's a llama!" cleaning the stain like he would a llama stain. time he's wasting. ♪ call 1-800-steemer despite the attacks, libyan leader moammar qaddafi vows not to give up. in h >>> coalition warplanes bombed targets inside libya overnight. still, libyan leader moammar qaddafi vows not to give up. in his first appearance since at assault began, qaddafi called his enemies, crazed fascists who will go down in the dust bin of history. end quote. forces loyal to qaddafi are bolstering up their assault on the ground trying to retake the last major city in western liby that's still in rebel hands. leaders ar
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Mar 31, 2011 5:00am PDT
in the milk. new fears about traces of radiation from japan showing up in the u.s. food supply. >>> and good morning, everyone. it is thursday, the 31st day of march. i'm sydnie kohara. >> hi, everybody. i'm frank mallicoat. time now is 5:00. of course, it's opening day. we're excited about that. the weather is spectacular. so let's kick it over to lawrence, and -- >> are we talking record temperatures, lawrence? >> yeah. i mean, we have six records yesterday around the bay area. today we could see even more. it is going to be the hottest day of the week today as we are going to see that ridge of high pressure sitting over head. 84 in oakland, 85 san jose, and 86 degrees in santa rosa. enjoy it, folks. we have major changes on the way. we'll talk more about that in just a moment. right now let's check on some traffic with elizabeth. >> all right. we have better news now in petaluma. mentioned this accident northbound 101 right before old redwood highway. it is our only accident out there right now and it was just cleared to the right shoulder so now northbound and southbound tr
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Mar 11, 2011 10:00pm PST
magnitude earthquake hit japan. there have been more than 125 aftershocks. >> original quake crumbled buildings, triggered a tsunami that carried away everything in its path and tonight, japan is dealing with the threat of a nuclear meltdown. >>> good evening, i'm ken. >> and i'm dana king. japan's nuclear safety commission said a meltdown at a plant affected by the country's massive earthquake is possible. there is a state of emergency because of a cooling system failure at a power plant. everyone in a six mile radius has been ordered to evacuate, though no radiation has been detected. officially since the quake and tsunami, there are 236 declared dead. 625 missing and more than a thousand injured. that doesn't count the 200 to 300 bodies in an area authorities can't get to because of the damage to the roadway. >>> and just a day later, we are getting a broader look at the power of both the earthquake and the tsunami. grace lee gives us a tour of the damage. >> the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in japan rocked its people to the core. the 8.9 magnitude quake gave skyscrapers
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Mar 28, 2011 6:00am PDT
. >>> and the nuclear crisis in japan gets worse. the discovery of radiation now leaking into the ocean when we come back. for my dry skin, ordinary body washes just aren't moisturizing enough. [ female announcer ] new gold bond deep moisture, with 7 moisturizers and 3 vitamins. the body wash that moisturizes like a lotion. >>> a sunny disposition this morning. because we have sunshine on the way. mid-50s to mid-60s areawide through alameda, 60 in san francisco with increasing sun and breeze this afternoon. temperatures near 80. back to you guys. >> thank you. >>> a hidden device inside a newspaper explodes in a man's face. that blast forced an entire vacaville neighborhood to evacuate yesterday. nick janes is in that same neighborhood with the latest on the investigation. nick, good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning, sydnie and frank. the evacuation order has since been lifted so people are back in their homes this morning. but they are nervous picking under the morning paper. a guy picking up his neighbor's paper in the neighbor's yard, that's the crater after the newspaper expl
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Mar 24, 2011 5:00am PDT
. >>> two plant workers have been hurt at a crippled power plant in japan. this morning authorities say they tested at radiation levels well below the maximum allowed for workers. >>> the samtrans board of directors has a meeting today to discuss the agency's financial crisis. they are looking for ways to further reduce costs. directors will also discuss the future of samtrans partnership with vta and san francisco's muni to help fund caltrain. the meeting is set to begin about 1:00 at samtrans' headquarters in san carlos. >>> and the public utilities commission will also have a public hearing today about the smartmeters. the high-tech devices are meant to measure pg&e customers' power use. but critics are concerned about potential health effects from the meters as well as the device's accuracy. regulators may consider letting customers opt out of having the new meters installed. >>> here's a scary story. pilots forced to land blind. is a sleeping air traffic controller to blame? >>> plus, could bad weather derail britney spears's bay area concert? the change of plans leaving some fans feeli
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Mar 25, 2011 5:00am PDT
several qaddafi- related targets. >>> a setback at that damaged nuclear power plant in japan. operators have stopped work at units 1, 2 and 3 to check on radiation levels. they think radioactive water that burned two workers may have come from a breach in the reactor core. the number of known deaths now from the earthquake and tsunami in japan is now more than 10,000. police say more than 17,000 people are listed as missing. >>> barry bonds' perjury trial will resume on monday. the court wrapped up a week of testimony with a lesson in the science of steroids yesterday. a chemist for the u.s. antidoping agency told jurors that bonds has swelling consist tenth with human growth hormone use and said that the drugs bonds allegedly are to avoid detection. bonds denied taking the drugs. the ex-mistress will testify monday. >>> 5:13. a chance to streak it really, really rich. the mega millions jackpot on the line tonight. >> and billions of dollars in budget cuts all get the green light what it means for thousands of community college students coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, feet wide fell ont
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Mar 7, 2011 5:00am PST
moreinvasive, researchers say the new blood test could be in use in a couple years. >>> well, japan has temporarily stopped using a vaccine for pneumonia and some types of meningitis after four children died the children all under the age of 2 died the same day or up to three days after they were given previnar the vaccine is made by pfizer and a french pharmaceutical company japan has been using it for two years now but it has been use in the u.s. for a decade. >>> so are you stressed out? well, it may help your memory. it is true. new research indicates as a person reaches his or her optimal level of stress, each day, memory performance actually increases with clear recall of long ago events but men and women respond differently, neurobiologist at uc irvine found stress hormones interact with sex hormones women's memories are better under stress only when estrogen levels are normal. >>> so, if a dog is man's best friend i guess that would make cat a woman's best friend. >> could be. a new study shows the relationship between a feline and its owner is more intense than previously thoug
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Mar 30, 2011 6:00pm PDT
threat in japan. >> the red cross provides food, shelter and medical care to those in need. >> you can support the disaster relief efforts. text red cross to 90999 to make a $10 donation. message and data rates may apply. >> to find out more please visit redcross.org or call 1- 800-red ross. ,,,,,, when your eyes are smiling... ,,,,,, you're smiling. and when they're laughing... you're laughing. be kind to your eyes... with transitions lenses. transitions adapt to changing light so you see your whole day comfortably... and conveniently while protecting your eyes from the sun. ask your eyecare professional which transitions lenses are right for you. percent. if you shop in el cerrito and >>> now people in seven bay area cities will see their sales tax rates some spiking above 10%. union city you'll soon pay 10 and a quarter percent. sonoma and santa rosa and others will see increases. those hikes were approved by the voters. >>> we can see sharp increases in the cost of electricity because of new legislation requiring power companies to get a third of their energy supplies from gree
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Mar 4, 2011 1:35am PST
leagues with the giants 11 years ago, since then he has been to other organizations, been to japan but back. >>> the a's signed josh willingham to add a little pop to the mid-of the lineup. look at the people in the outfield. come on, come on. for crying out loud. everybody is around. anyway, the brew crew comes back to win 11-9. >>> offensive lineman and form you are number 2 pick, robert gallery, number 76 there. he will not return to the raiders because he wants 8 million per year. the team is offering 2.5 million, in short they are farther apart than cbs and charlie sheen. >> it's like winning. >>> okay. so the president has two warps, a middle east meltdown, a foreclosure crisis and way too many republicans in the house and he is supposed to be worried about the nfl work stoppage? no. . >> my expectation and hope is that they'll resolve it without me intervening because it turns out i've got a lot of other stuff to do. [ laughter ] >>> number 4, the 82 old food machinery corporation building was demolished to make way for the san jose earthquake's new $50 million stadium that
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Mar 24, 2011 10:00pm PDT
only destroyed but there were also mim tear an civilian casualties. >>> in japan the government there says that people can stop worrying about tokyo's drinking water. politicians say radiation levels are low enough that infants can drink the water safely. but bill whitaker reports a lot of parents are finding that hard to swallow. >> reporter: 24 hours after it was deemed unfit for infants the regional governor declared tokyo's tap water delicious and safe for all. >> reporter: shoppers emptied store shelves. some were limited to what they could buy. the city started distributing 12 bottles of water each to the families of the 80,000 infants one year and under in tokyo. >> the water is down again. does that give you trust. >> reporter: there is no way to get independent evidence from the government so i still worry it is contaminated. the water was found to have unhealthy activities of radio active iodine. water workers say the radio activity now is diluted to safe levels. picking up grandchildren from daycare, this man isn't buying. yesterday the water was bad but this morning
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Mar 7, 2011 5:00pm PST
, like, help, you know, point out where people live. >> you have to look at japan, the highest area for local calls, if your rate is going to go up or down. >> yeah, once 669 rolls out you are going to have to dial 10 digits even if it's a local call. not since hurricane katrina since 2005 have gas prices shot up so quickly. a gallon of regular unleaded $3.51, 03 cents higher than it was two weeks ago. in emeryville the 76 station is selling regular gas for $3.93. the dramatic rise being driven of course by turmoil in libya. emergency measures to bring the gas prices down, the obama administration is moving towards tapping the strategic reserve to ease the fuel prices and that's something else that hasn't happened since 2005. >>> well are you looking for ways to cut your costs? you might want to start with a car loan. julie watts on the consumer watch explains how the trend in refi is going beyond new loans. >> reporter: when jessie we've bought this used accura he had no complaints. >> 4.99%, no money down, so that seemed pretty good to me. >> reporter: and it was. until he found an ev
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Mar 21, 2011 11:00pm PDT
, cbs news, tripoli. >>> today they are back in the japan's crippled nuclear plant trying to get it stopped. smoke forced an evacuation again today. they have discovered some cooling pumps were destroyed in the tsunami and earthquake so they are racing to bring in new pumps. it is stabilizing but it could be weeks before it is under control, they say. >>> a fremont man has saved drivers a whole lot of money and he may have just spared you from a red light ticket. as kiet do shows us it all started over a beef at the red light camera. >> reporter: a red light camera used to be the top money-maker in fremont. that is until roger jones helped to put the brakes on it. >> these things are not doing what we want them to do and there's better ways to accomplish this. >> reporter: last year jones complained to caltrans that the left-turn yellow light was too short. caltrans took a look and found no problem but, while they were out here, they noticed cars were coming off the freeway pretty fast and needed more time to stop. so according to this email in november they, instead, changed the ye
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Mar 26, 2011 1:35am PDT
. thanks, roberta. >>> japan's nuclear crisis has taken a turn for the worse. there's likely a breech in the plant. they discovered the problem when two workers behind this tarp suffered severe radiation burns after stepping in water outside of the reactor. the water had radiation levels 10,000 times higher normal. >> this creates the possibility of a much larger release of radiation into the environment. >> following that discovery, the government expanded the zone to 12 to 19 miles. >>> in syria, witnesses say security forces shot and killed at least 15 people during protests against the government. the protests started in a rural town have now spread to several cities in a country where protests have not been tolerated in the past. and video shows protesters defacing a poster of the president. now in reresponse to the demonstrations, the president has made promises including large public pay raises. they do not trust he will make good on that offer. >> gadhafi ground fourses are a threat despite a week of air strikes. a tank was taken out today by a british jet as it was preparing
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Mar 23, 2011 6:00am PDT
nuclear meltdown in japan. black smoke is rising out of one of the reactors at the crippled nuclear plant prompting another evacuation. meanwhile, authorities are now telling parents in tokyo not to let their babies drink tap water because of the radiation in it. infants are particularly vulnerable to radioactive iodine which can cause thyroid cancer. levels in the water are not high enough to harm adults but the infants, yes. >>> right now in libya, nato warships have started patrolling off the coast to enforce the united nations arms embargo on the country. meanwhile, people in the coastal city of misrata say there are numerous casualties there from shelling and sniper attacks by forces that are loyal to their leader moammar qaddafi. last night he spoke to supporters in tripoli saying he is not afraid of the u.s.- european coalition efforts to enforce the no-fly zone. >>> our time now 6:08. we are getting reports from cbs news that actress elizabeth taylor has died. again, this is coming from cbs news. and we're expected to have a live report in just a few minutes. >>> we'll have
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Mar 24, 2011 6:00am PDT
pg&e says it needs more time possibly the rest of the year. >>> it is 6:11. in japan three workers were hurt while trying to prevent a nuclear meltdown. their feet apparently touched radioactive elements at that crippled power plant. they are now hospitalized with beta ray burns. this morning authorities say they tested at radiation levels well below the maximum allowed for workers. employees were helping to restore cooling systems to overheated reactors. >>> and new air strikes in libya today from the u.s.- european coalition. this is from the city of tajura home to a libyan military base that's a little east of tripoli. it's day 6 of the coalition's attempt to protect government opponents and other civilians from forces that are loyal to libyan leader moammar qaddafi. in addition, french air strikes hit a libyan air base today but a french military spokesman would not disclose the exact location. >>> 6:12. a major scare at one of the country's biggest airports. what cautioned so much confusion for two pilots trying to land. >> and who said trips to the dmv had to be painful? well
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